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Figuring Out What You Want to Do

Stressed out because you don't know what you want to do after you graduate?  If so, you're not alone! 

Fortunately, there's no one perfect career for anyone, and these days, most people will switch not just jobs, but fields and careers, over their lifetimes.  

Even though there's probably not one perfect career out there, there are important ways to figure out what you might want to do: 

Online Research 

If you love sports, for example, a career as a gym teacher, recreational therapist, or coach might be perfect for you.  If you like math, you might consider a career as an accountant, budget analyst, or cost estimator.  So before you conduct informational interviews or build your aspirational resume, read about careers that relate to your interests.  

Informational Interviewing

An informational interview is an informal conversation with someone working in an area that interests you who will give you information and advice. It is not a job interview, and the objective is not to find job openings.

Informational interviewing serves two important goals.  First, when you conduct an informational interview, you can get information about a job or a field that you're interested in.  You'll learn more about what jobs are out there within a given field, what the work is like, and what kinds of skills and education you need to get that job.  

Just as important, you will be building a network of contacts with professionals that can help you get hired in the future.   To get started with informational interviewing, including  tips, a sample script for reaching out to your contacts, and sample interview questions, click here.  

And don't forget to reach out to your mentor - they can often help with networking, from brainstorming contacts, to practicing, to helping edit your thank you notes. 

Aspirational Resume  

When you write your aspirational resume, it helps you to imagine the specific experiences and skills that will prepare you to land a job of your dreams.  

You may have lots of possible dream jobs, and that's great! Many of us can imagine ourselves feeling happy and fulfilled in different possible careers.  But this activity works best when you focus your research on a single career. So, choose one possible career to explore first. You can always build a new aspirational resume for a different dream job.  

Use the following worksheet as you do the research in this section to build your aspirational resume. You can print the worksheet here, or work online and share a copy with your mentor.